Search Results: "Jennifer Trafton"


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THE RISE AND FALL OF MOUNT MAJESTIC by Jennifer Trafton
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Happily, the debut author's wry wit and flashes of satire mitigate many deficits. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The inhabitants of the Island at the Center of Everything are inclined to take things to extremes. Read full book review >

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HENRY AND THE CHALK DRAGON by Jennifer Trafton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"What's meant to be a romp through a boy's imagination occasionally feels more prescription than fun. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Henry Penwhistle knows he is the only one who can save the world, or at least his school, from his artwork. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN'T PUSH A ROPE by Clint Trafton
Released: July 6, 2006

"Vivid and well-mapped-out, but ultimately closer to history lesson than novel."
A historical novel in the vein of John Steinbeck about a long disputed New Mexican territory and the Hispanic and White families that call it home. Read full book review >

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Released: May 16, 2012

"Ardent, progressive ideas derailed by a predictable plotline and stereotyped characters."
American alternative politics finds its heroine in Trafton's (You Can't Push A Rope, 2006) congressional what-if novel. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2017: JENNIFER EGAN
by Rachel Sugar

Manhattan Beach is not the novel Jennifer Egan set out to write, in large part because Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize winner, doesn’t write by following plans. “I don’t really know what I’m going to do before I do it,” she tells me over salads—she recommends the arugula, “if you’re in a salad-y mood, it’s very salad-y”—at Olea in her ...


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GO ASK ALICE WHAT REALLY HAPPENED
by Jennie K.

 

BOOK REPORT for The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Cover Story: Sticks and Stones

BFF Charm: Maybe

Swoonworthy Scale: 3

Talky Talk: Just the Facts, Ma’am

Anti-Bonus Factor: Small-Minded Small Town

Relationship Status: See You at School

 

Cover Story: Sticks and Stones

The cover brings to mind the old chestnut, “Sticks and stones may break my bones ...


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MAP ME A WAY TO YOUR HEART
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Cover Story: The Geography of Jennifer E. Smith
BFF Charm: Maybe x 2
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: The School of Sarah Dessen
Bonus Factors: Globetrotting, Postcards
Relationship Status: Vacation Hook-up

Cover Story: The Geography of Jennifer E. Smith

This is Jennifer E. Smith's third ...


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BAH! SAID THE BABY by Jennifer Plecas
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A nifty romp that doubles as a guessing game (with some phonics tied in), this has appeal for large read-aloud crowds as well as siblings who seek a lighter new-baby tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A baby's first word sends mother, brother and sister rushing around to figure out what it means. Read full book review >

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PIG KAHUNA by Jennifer Sattler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Together words and pictures create an utterly engaging picture-book experience—eye-catching, thought-provoking and just plain fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Surfer pigs rise above aphorisms. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN'T DIG UP DIRT WITHOUT GETTING DIRTY
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly 

Cover Story: Pretty Grave
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Old-Fashioned
Bonus Factors: Feminism, Mystery
Relationship Status: Whirlwind Romance

 

Cover Story: Pretty Grave

Given that this is neither a ghost story nor a zombie book, I might have gone a different direction with the artwork, but ...


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YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION
by Jennie K.

Cover credit: Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press

BOOK REPORT for Moxie (ISBN13: 978-1-62672-635-2) by Jennifer Mathieu

Cover Story: What’s Black and White and Full of Girl Power?

BFF Charm: Platinum

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Straight Up With A Riot Grrl Twist

Bonus Factor: Intersectional Feminism

Relationship Status: Riot Reader

 

Cover Story: What’s Black and White and Full of Girl ...


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WHEN HISTORY IS BURIED ALONGSIDE THE BODIES
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: She Said, He Said
Bonus Factors: Awesome Grownups
Relationship Status: So This Is Love

Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen

As a rule, I generally don’t like Big Face covers, and as with all rules, there are exceptions ...


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